Saturday, 30 May 2015

A bouquet? For me???

Good Morning. I thought that I would share another card I made for the last clarity Stamp show this morning! It's a bit better weather today ...but for how long? Those clouds up the road are very threatening!

Anyway this card used the Silk Ribbons Bouquet set, (which the lovely Julie Owens off the DT drew), the Wee wedding folk 5 set , and the Wedding Stationery Set. I also used some gold embossing powder and some flower soft to add dimension. 
I started off by stamping the bouquet diagonally across the card and embossing it in gold. I then stamped and embossed it again onto a scrap piece of theuva card but just the bow part. I stamped and embossed the three flower heads. I coloured in the main bouquet then coloured the bow and the flower heads. I then cut these out! The flowers were easy but the bow took a bit to do!
I gold embossed the sentiment and the dancing couple. I then brushed pale green round the outside of the card to just take the harshness of the white away. I matted and layered the card on to gold then green and then onto a card blank.
I then added some cosmic shimmer glue to the flowers I wanted blue and added the flower soft. I repeated with the pink and then added the flower heads and bow using 3D pads to finish it off.

And here it is!

I hope you like it. Please leave a comment to let me know what you thought.
Have a good day whatever you are doing.

Happy Crafting

Friday, 29 May 2015

All that glitters!

Good morning to you! I do think that these half term holidays go too quickly! I really could get used to being at home! Well a girl can dream! 

I still have the weekend to enjoy and with a mixed media workshop on Sunday enjoy it I will!

I wanted to share with you a card I did for the last Clarity stamp show and used the Shepherds Purse stamp set for. This time I used the Clarity black shiny card and decided to have a go at using gilding flakes. I do like gilding flakes...just don't breathe to hard or sneeze!!!

I used versamark to stamp with and added mica boss to create the sticky parts to stick the gilding flakes to. I did try and pick out the gilding flakes depending on which part of the flowers they were going on to. I also did the Save the Date sentiment from the wedding set. I swiped the edges of the card with glue and added gilding flakes around the edges to get a distressed look. Then I matted it onto black the grey the onto a black card blank. Then a good polish to make it all shiny and gilttery!

It is pouring down with rain here so I think I have to have a crafty play!
Enjoy your day!

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Time to Breathe!

Good Morning to you! Yes it's half term and time for me to get my breath back and recharge those run down batteries. 
I am determined that I will spend my holiday doing things that I want to do and really chill out so that I can face the next half term full on and not run out of steam.

And what better way to start the holiday than a Maria Workshop and a whole day crafting with my friends...That was Saturday and we did some marvellous also kick-started my mojo back into action and just in time as the next lot of Clarity stamps have been sitting on my workspace, aka the dining table, for a few days. I had opened them and looked but then put them back in the envelope til this week!!

And that's what I spent some of Sunday and yesterday doing! It's just wonderful to think I could craft all week if I want to!

Colin and I did go out yesterday for a look round Newbank Garden Centre at Bury where we had our breakfast and a big cup of coffee. It was worth going for that!

Well enough of my waffle.

I want to share a card from the last Claritystamp show again done with the Shepherds Purse set. This one I used the one with the bigger flower. 

I stamped a whole sheet full of this stamp then brushed over the flowers with my pink ink brush...I didn't add any ink as I just wanted very pale pink. I then set about cutting all the flowers out... It did take a while but I think it was worth it. I wanted to create a blossom tree so I used the NDC stencil and masked off the bottom part so I just got the tree. I added hills and ground at the bottom. I then stuck the flowers on with cosmic shimmer glue. I stamped Anniversary above the tree and added the flowers to the corners. I then added the rafia ribbon. I sanded some cordinations card...brown with a pink core... and matted the card on it before mounting it onto an 8 x 8 card blank. 

Please let me know what you think of it.

Have a nice day what ever you are doing

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A shepherd's purse!

Good afternoon to you!
I have been a bit manic again with work taking over my life but I thought I would steal 5 mins to share a card from May's Claritystamp show!

It seems an age since I was doing these samples but it is only 5 or 6 weeks! So much has gone on in that time that I shudder thinking about it! Roll on next week....I hope that I can slow down and take things a bit more calmly. I will have the next batch of samples to do then but at least I won't be having to rush around in the mornings getting ready for work!

The last show had some stunning stamp sets on it and I love the Shepherd's Purse stamps set. Amanda Branston off the design team drew the original ...she's so talented.... And I feel so proud to say she's a friend of mine! How lucky am I!

I made a few things with this set but the first one I did was this shaped card. I cut the shape for the topper first and then used brushos to do the background. Once this was dry I stamped the shepherds purse into place using two of the stamps and then the name of the wild's too pretty to be called a weed!

I added a bit of colour to the flowers and leaves with pencils and used a white pen to highlight the petals in the blue part. 
I matted the topper onto a piece of blue clarity paper then onto a shaped card blank.

Please let me know what you think of it!

Happy Crafting 

With love from

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hello flower

Good Evening
Here is a quick post to start to showcase the samples I did for last weekends Claritystamp show. The first one is the little canvas I did. It is using the flower stencil and I also used the line sentiments 'blessings' on it.

I started off by putting grunge paste through the stencil direct to the canvas and left it to dry. I then painted over the whole lot with a cream acrylic paint and left that to dry.
Using blues and pinks I then dry brushed colour avoiding the flowers and building up the darker colours around the edges. I tried to keep the brush stokes going the same way.
I then replaced the stencil over the flowers and using yellow and orange paints I sponged colour through the stencil to colour the flowers.
I stamped blessings onto a piece of tissue and used mod podge to stick it to the canvas and then added hearts cut from book pages. I added charcoal to the edges of these to make them stand out more. The butterfly was painted with acrylic paint then stuck on using hot glue.

Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Tree house and others

Good Morning to you all on this very wet bank holiday weekend Sunday morning!

Colin is off to a Bonsai Car boot sale this morning and guess what....I am not going with'll be miserable! 

Plus Barbara is on the telly in a bit and I can't miss that. She has some stunning new stamps to show you all.

I have been a bit of a bad blogger really and I haven't blogged for ages but that is not through choice really ...I have just not had time...Work really has got in the way this last month one way or another.

So this morning I am just going to put all of last months samples on in one go...there were only 4 anyway!

This first one involved lots of masking and I had got one of the masks from clarity but I needed more so in the end I used the pebeo masking fluid....I need another pot....its brilliant stuff! The colouring on the tree houses was done with promarkers.

The next one I stamped the tree house and masked it off and added the moon mask then did the background using shaving foam and distress ink
The tree house was coloured using the spectrum noir pencils and the fairies and vine stamped in brown archival ink.

The next one was done using shaving foam through the stencil
Colin said it looked like Jupiter! I used the new letters to make the sentiment.

The last one was a tag I did and decided I wanted to try the bokeh technique.
The tree house was stamped and masked off and the background was distress inks and white brilliance done through the outy of the moon mask. The ribbon I coloured mopping up some distress inks. I coloured the tree house with the spectrum aqaus.

Anyway that's it!

Hope you have a good day

Happy Crafting and don't forget to tune in to Barbara on Create and craft at 9am today!